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Democrats Applaud Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Applaud Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

 

Salt Lake City– House Democratic Leader Brian King released the following statement after learning of the Supreme Court’s decision on the legality of same-sex marriage bans.

 

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a great thing. It is the culmination of the work of many U.S. federal district and circuit court judges over many years. These judges have struggled to reconcile the difficult legal and Constitutional issues same sex marriage presents to our country.

 

We know this has been a divisive issue. And we recognize that each individual has the right to their own moral and religious beliefs regarding same sex marriage. But we welcome this ruling because it makes clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation is not acceptable under the Constitution and that families of all types are entitled to protection under the law. All people are created equal in this country and they deserve equal rights. As such, today’s ruling is a tremendous legal victory for not just the LGBTQ community but for all of us. The finality this ruling brings to this legal issue will help us move forward as a more united society.”

 

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House Democrats Celebrate ACA Success, Urge Action on Medicaid Expansion

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

House Democrats Celebrate ACA Success, Urge Action on Medicaid Expansion

 

Salt Lake City– House Democrats celebrated the announcement of Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell today by calling for passage of the last critical element of the Affordable Care Act: full Medicaid expansion in Utah.

 

House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck said, “It is time for Utah to act. There are no more “red herrings” to fish out. The decision has been made. The Affordable Care Act has provided accessible health coverage to so many Utahns, and now it is time to insure many more. Medicaid Expansion has been successful in neighboring states like Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Let’s replicate that success. At the very least, let’s pass Healthy Utah and support those 128,000 of our friends and neighbors. Let’s make sure our families are healthy and supported. Let’s follow through on our promise by making Utah more fiscally sound, more apt to grow, with a healthy and happy population.”

 

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Democrats Thank Dr. David Patton for Courageous Service as Head of Department of Health

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Thank Dr. David Patton for Courageous Service as Head of Department of Health

 

Salt Lake City– House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez Houck released the following statement after learning of the impending departure of Dr. David Patton, Utah Department of Health Executive Director.

 

“Dr. Patton is a dedicated public servant whose concern for the health of the people of Utah was paramount. He was the consummate negotiator, always listening to policy makers, advocates, staff, professionals, and the average Utahn to create balanced and fair public policy. He valued all who contributed to building a better system and understood the importance the role access to health care plays in the bigger picture of Utah’s future. With the greatest thanks for his ardent and committed service, we wish him well in future pursuits.”

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Constitutional Defense Council Rejects Funding Requests, Unintentionally Raises $5000 for Convicted Commissioner Phil Lyman

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

Constitutional Defense Council Rejects Funding Requests, Unintentionally Raises $5000 for Convicted Commissioner Phil Lyman

Although the Constitutional Defense Council did not approve a request to fund up to $100,000 in legal fees for a defense against the conviction of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, the Council meeting served as an impromptu fundraiser for the cause.

The Utah Association of Counties officially withdrew their request for the funds before a vote was taken, but not before declaring that individuals within the organization were committed to providing personal funds for the defense. Then individual commissioners began laying down cash on the table where members of the public testify.

 

The pile began to grow while Comissioners, Sherrifs, and other citizens donated, with a pledge of $10,000 from Governor Gary Herbert. The final count was $5528.00.

House Democratic Leader Brian King vented his frustration with the issue, asking the representative who had brought the funding request to the Council (Rep. Mike Noel) if he was a lawyer, understood the likelihood of overturning this conviction, or how this funding effort could end up damaging the very cause he was trying to support. Representative King went on to speak about the enormous amount of opinions from the public he and other members of the Council had received. The public outcry was a relatively common theme: State funds should not go to over turn a criminal conviction – especially if the conviction is one of an elected official. 

Comments posted all over the House Democratic Caucus Facebook Event and Page, as well as comments on the House Democratic blog all led to the same conclusion – the request was not only infuriating to the public, but would cause the state some serious legal troubles.

Get involved and make sure the Council and other committees hear your voice. Write your Representative, Senator, and Governor. Follow us on twitter or facebook to stay updated on what House Dems are doing for you.

Read more about today’s hearing here.

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Job Announcement: House Minority Constituent Specialist

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015

HOUSE MINORITY CONSTITUENT SPECIALIST

SALARY: $12.50 – $17.50 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 06/22/15

CLOSING DATE: 06/29/15 12:00 PM

NUMBER OF OPENINGS: 1

POSITION TYPE: Part-Time (20 – 30 hours/week)

BENEFITS: This position may be eligible for a full benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, plus paid leave to include annual, sick, and holiday pay. The State requires employees to receive their pay through direct deposit or a payroll debit card account. If selected, you will receive more information about these benefit options and enrollment information through our onboarding process and during your first week or two on the job.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 350 North State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84114

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS POSITION PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME BY EMAIL TO jjankowski@le.utah.gov WITH “HOUSE MINORITY CONSTITUENT SPECIALIST” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

This is a career service exempt job. Employees placed in this position are appointed, non-classified, and exempt from 67-19-12. Employees provide administrative support and help for Utah State Representatives responding to constituents. Employees work closely with Representatives and staff assisting with organizing and originating correspondence, documentation, and other written communication; scheduling and coordinating meetings and appointments. Employees take and relay messages, respond to requests for information; and provide information and/or direct callers/visitors to appropriate individuals. Employees also assist Representatives with miscellaneous research and clerical support, and work with staff to provide solutions to constituent requests. Employees will not raise funds or perform campaign work for any state House race.

Overtime Exempt: Yes

Examples of Duties:

  • Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and other written materials.
  • Types and prepares written materials from source documents, transcriptions, etc.
  • Provides clerical and administrative support and assistance.
  • Reviews incoming correspondence; initiates replies as appropriate; routes matters requiring action by staff or other organizations.
  • Schedules and coordinates appointments, meetings, facilities, meals, equipment, etc. and follows up as needed.
  • Assists with research on various topics; assists with analyzing and summarizing results.
  • Coordinates activities of projects/programs for Representatives and staff, as requested.
  • Performs other related duties as directed by the supervisor.
  • Acts as a resource to provide information or determine the most effective way of meeting the needs of management, staff, clients or customers.
  • Maintains and creates files or record keeping systems.
  • Receives calls and greets visitors, takes and relays messages, responds to requests for information; provides information or directs callers/visitors to appropriate individuals.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • Coordinate the activities or tasks of people, groups, and organizations
  • Find, gather, and collect information or data
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, elected officials and members of the public.
  • Deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
  • Organize information in a clear and concise manner
  • Research methods and techniques, information gathering, data collection
  • Utilize proper grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Operate a computer, fax machine, copier, and other office equipment
  • Strong computer skills including ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Arrange, coordinate, or schedule appointments and details
  • Maintain strict confidentiality; work with multiple Representatives and maintain the trust and confidence of each
  • Use of social media and its uses in a business environment
  • Maintain personal integrity and professional work ethics
  • Use automated software applications
  • Enter, transcribe, record, store, or maintain information in either written or electronic form
  • Establish, organize and maintain files
  • Follow written and oral instructions
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of an office environment
  • Communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely in writing, read and understand information presented in writing
  • Use the telephone in a professional and courteous manner
  • Maintain a computer database

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking, standing; bending; carrying light items, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g. safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.

The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The State provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, please contact the Department of Human Resource Management at (801) 538-3025 or TTY (801) 538-3696.

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Council to Hear Controversial Funding Request for Convicted County Commissioner

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: June 22, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Council to Hear Controversial Funding Request for Convicted County Commissioner

 

Salt Lake City– The Constitutional Defense Council will hear a request for funds to assist in the legal fees of convicted San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman on Wednesday, June 24th. Commissioner Lyman was convicted of illegally driving in Recapture Canyon to protest BLM road closures, causing damage of $400,000.00 to the area.

 

Representative Mike Noel originally brought the issue to the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands in the form a of a resolution supporting a recommendation to the Constitutional Defense Council to pay up to $100,000 of legal fees for the convicted commissioner.  The resolution passed along party lines, with both Democrats on the Commission defiantly opposing the measure. Although the Commission has no legal way to pay for the fees, the Constitutional Defense Council allocates mineral right funds to defend the state against issues dealing with federal versus state land rights.

 

House Democratic Assistant Whip Joel Briscoe displayed his displeasure about the resolution, saying “The CDC money should not be a slush fund for people’s political and legal battles.”

 

Representative Mike Noel is expected to propose the funding at the June 24th meeting.

 

Who: Constitutional Defense Council

What: Potential funds for legal fees of convicted county commissioner

Where: Utah Senate Building, Olmstead Room

When: June 24, 2015  9:00 a.m.

 

A full list of members on the Constitutional Defense Council can be found at http://www.utahhousedemocrats.org/constitutional-defense-council-membership-list/
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House Democrats Deeply Saddened at Passing of Former Colleague Roz Mcgee

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

House Democrats Deeply Saddened at Passing of Former Colleague Roz Mcgee

 

Salt Lake City– House Democratic Caucus Leader Brian King expressed his deepest condolences on the loss of Rosalind McGee, former Representative and his direct predecessor of District 28.

 

He said, “This is a great loss for the state of Utah. Roz was a champion for children through her continued service. She has always been someone I looked up to, someone I respected greatly. In the world of politics, elected officials come and go. Few are able to make the impression that Roz made on her community, and on me. When I was elected to succeed her, I knew I had big shoes to fill.”

 

One of her more notable achievements was helping to establish Voices for Utah Children. She served 13 years as its first director and was a forceful and effective advocate for children’s issues in Utah. She will be greatly missed by current and former members of the caucus.

 

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